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HR Salary in Rhode Island

With the number of jobs in Rhode Island increasing, this is a good time to seek a high-paying position in human resources as the state’s biggest industries place a premium on the professionals required to help rebuild the state’s workforce. According to an interview with the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training in The Providence Journal, the state showed stronger job growth in the first quarter of 2014 than it had in any quarter since 1997.

Rhode Island is home to 17 rapidly growing companies that made the Inc. 5000 list in 2014, which included such locally recognized powerhouses as Alex and Ani, First Point Power, Alliance Security, and ADI EnergySuch. As these companies continually hire, promote and manage many thousands of employees, they rely on the expertise of skilled hiring managers, training specialists, benefits managers and labor relations specialists among others. As HR management professionals are increasingly being recognized as a major part of strategic business planning, they are being offered compensation and benefits packages that are better than ever.


Featured Programs:

Capella University offers100% online DBA, PhD, MS, and BS degrees in Human Resources Management

Benedictine University offers an Online Bachelor of Arts in Management in Human Resources Management

University of Scranton's offers an Online Master of Science in Human Resources Program

Saint Joseph's University offers an MS in Strategic Human Resource Management Program

Earnings for Rhode Island’s HR Managers and Specialists

The 330 human resources managers who worked in Rhode Island in 2014 were very well compensated according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their average salary of $131,490 was 15.2% higher than that for HR managers in the US as a whole.

Human resources specialists also enjoy high-paying positions in Rhode Island. The 1,240 HR specialists employed in the state as of 2014 earned an average salary of $64,960, with those in the 90th percentile averaging $94,660 a year. US News and World Report rated the field of HR specialist as being the 11th most desirable type of business job in the country in 2015.

Six hundred human resources assistants were employed in Rhode Island in 2014. These professionals earned an average of $39,500 a year, while those in the top 10% earned an average of $54,230.

Salaries for Human Resources Managers in the Providence Area

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salaries for human resources managers in the Providence area were higher than the national average for this job classification (2014):

Area name
Annual mean wage
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA

*Salaries are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Department of Labor does not report salary data beyond these values.

Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Providence-Fall River-Warwick

A US Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis of salaries for human resources specialists in the Providence-Fall River-Warwick area indicated that those in the 90th percentile earned better than $94,000 in 2014:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA

Salaries for Human Resources Assistants in Providence

The average salary for human resources assistants in Providence was $39,230 according to a 2014 analysis conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA

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